It Wasn’t My Idea

Is this really happening?? Am I really moving to Sicily in less than two months?? How did I come to be in this place where I am preparing to leave my friends, family, culture and comfort zone behind and for an indefinite period of time? Will I be gone for 2 years? Or will it be…

Part 3: Car Accidents & Road Kill

Impact & A Conversation With a Deer Admittedly, I was going a little over the speed limit, in a hurry to get home and go to bed I suppose. It was dark and drizzly and there were just a smattering of cars on the highway. As I approached the outskirts of Healdsburg, just as the…

A Letter From the Lord

Surprised by His Goodness It’s a 2 for 1 deal on ripe bananas! The process of writing this ripe banana story became a ripe banana all its own! Here’s the initial banana: taken from my journal entry written November 25, 2003: Why am I so surprised by Your goodness? Perhaps it is because, apart from…

Ti Voglio Bene

Originally posted on View from the Fifth Floor:
In language school I learned that many Italians would not say, “I love you” as in “Ti amo” outside of a romantic relationship.  Even between family members (parent to child or whatever) it is more common to use, “Ti voglio bene” which might be translated, “I want…

Rachel

Part 1 in a series about specific prayer:   In 2002 after wrapping up my sophomore year in college, I was diagnosed with a neurological sleeping disorder called Narcolepsy. The several years preceding diagnosis were characterized by an increasing amount of confusion as I grew more sleepy with each passing month while the first few…

The Perfect Job

One of the neatest jobs I have had was being a sports photographer in college. Here’s how it came to be: In the fall of my second year at Multnomah, I attended one of the home basketball games with camera in hand. I had recently acquired a new lens for my SLR but had not had…